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Putting Veterans First

Being a veteran myself, I understand what it takes to readjust back to civilian life. Questions like: What benefits did I earn? Where do I go to retrieve this information? How to I gain access to this information? 

 

To begin with let me thank all the veterans for your service. You should all be proud to have helped secure our precious freedoms for our great country. Freedom is not free but attained through the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices of you veterans. Regardless of what branch of service we were involved with and whether we volunteered or not, we gave up part of our lives to help the oppressed people of this world and also protect our American freedoms. 

 

To ease your transition, I suggest you make copies of your discharge — or “DD214” — and then register it with your county of residence. If it is incomplete or to correct any errors or omissions you will have to complete a 180 form. 

 

Some of your benefits include medical, which the VFW Post provides free transportation to and from the VA hospital in Northport, and education which is covered under the GI Bill.

 

Earlier this year, on June 20, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that provides up to three years of service credit to members of the public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during time of peace. Currently, the Military Service Credit buy-back is for those who served during conflicts. 

 

Now that we depend on volunteer Military personnel, to try and encourage citizens to become members of the military, the state needs to recognize all veterans by allowing them to access the Military Service Credit Law. Senate Bill S7839 is still awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature. 

 

I also encourage any veterans to join an organization where you can speak to a trained Service Officer or the Commander so they can guide you in the right direction to achieve the results you are looking to attain. 

 

If you have earned a campaign ribbon you have earned the right to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars — the oldest veterans organization in the country — which has many posts county councils and districts all across the nation. Each state has its own Department of Veteran Affairs and a national office as well. Remember the more members we have, the more congress listens to our needs. Most of our meetings are held at night to accommodate those who work or go to school. 

 

If you are interest in joining the VFW Post in your area or are requesting a 180 form, contact Commander Fullam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-694-5539 and leave your name, number and address. 

 

Bob Fullam currently serves as Commander of the VFW Post #516 in Farmingdale, where he has served for past six years. During his time with the VFW, Fullam served as District Commander (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn) Nassau County Commander and achieved his Master’s Degree through the GI Bill. 

News

Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Sports

Nassau County ASA President Keith O’Donnell and Chief Umpire Vincent Donnelly recently presented a $2400 check to Over the Hill Gang President Jim Reilly. The donation will be added to the funds the men’s softball league raised on behalf of Sal Pugliese Jr. as the young boy battles a rare hip disorder. The OTHG would like to thank the ASA for its generous contribution to a fantastic local cause.

—Submitted by the Over the Hill Gang


Farmingdale runners Theresa Gannon, Chris Bartlett, Patty Baker and Jenine Cottone each came home with an award from the Blue Ribbon 10 kilometer and 5 kilometer runs for Prostate Cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. 


Calendar

Thanksgiving Eve - November 26

Altheas Boutique Opening - November 29

Tri-Centennial Tree Lighting - December 2


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